County were held to a 0-0 draw against 4th place Chorley FC in Saturday’s game at Edgeley Park, a result which sees Jim Gannon’s men remain in 6th position.
In a game where chances were few and far between, County had the upper-hand for the majority in the first half, with Connor Hampson forcing a good save out of substitute goalkeeper Brannagan and Jimmy Ball firing just wide. Chorley, on the other hand, were restricted to attempts from 25+ yards out and Hinchliffe was equal to their only shot on target in the 27th minute.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, and County remained in control of the game without threatening the Chorley goal too much. Hampson had another shot saved and Marsden had a shot blocked.
The lack of clear cut chances were down in part to Magpies defender Keiran Charnock, who was lucky not to be sent off on a number of occasions before he eventually was, the former County defender first tripped substitute Kaine Felix with the winger through on goal, then upended the same player on the edge of the box, before finally receiving his marching orders for cynically taking down an advancing Sefton Gonzales in the 91st minute.
Jimmy Ball fired the resulting free-kick just wide and the much-maligned referee ended the game shortly after. The result sees County sit four points behind Chorley and along with a couple of other favourable results at the weekend, sees County sit right in the mix for those coveted top five placings.
FT: County 0-0 Chorley
Starting XI: Hinchliffe, Ross, Hampson, Montrose, Clarke, Smalley, Minihan, Ball, Gonzales, Marsden (Felix, 57), Lloyd.
Unused Subs: Ormson, Meppen-Walters, Odejayi, Duxbury.
Man of the Match: Danny Lloyd.